Success Stories

“Top reasons I LOVE the MGL lifestyle – I can eat delicious healthy food, it’s a lifestyle, not a crazy crash diet, I’m not giving up ANYTHING, in fact I’m eating more than I was before! I also enjoy the community and mostly I enjoy the fact that Mama G provides delicious recipes that meet the marks. MGL has changed my life because I now understand what I need to do! I wasn’t that far off before, I was just not eating enough carbs/fat and needed to understand the mix of what my body needs. I recommend MGL to my friends who struggle and who want to be healthier. I think the main challenge to why people don’t join is the tracking and measuring accountability. Definitely some tricks to learn but once you get it, it’s easy. I came here in the first place because I had previously had issues with gaining weight in my 30’s, lost the weight and then started to see the scale creeping back up. No matter what I did, I couldn’t get things to work. I was trying all kinds of different things, cutting carbs, exercising a ton, nothing worked and it was getting depressing. I was intrigued by the Mediterranean diet and knew that I needed the food to be delicious and the fact that Gina is a trained chef and she provides recipes is what sold me. It’s really the whole package: education on nutrition, delicious recipes, support group. No fad diets!”

Maggie L., MGL Client

“The top reasons I love the MGL are accountability, healthy recipes, eating healthy food in proper amounts of Proteins, Carbs and Fats, properly tracking my food, and strength training for my health. The MGL has changed my life by providing a nice support system to maintain this lifestyle, teaching me the benefits of weight lifting, and allowed me to successfully maintain both eating right and getting my body stronger physically. The obstacles  others may encounter is probably the serious commitment to changing bad habits with food and fitness. I joined the MGL because I had some issues that I needed to change. My body had gotten really weak and my weight was climbing. I wanted to feel better than I did. Other things I had tried weren’t lasting results. My biggest obstacles before the MGL were that I felt deprived of enough food and couldn’t maintain a drastic deficit of calories for any time period. It got too frustrating. I am still working on dropping more weight, but my habits with food & fitness are much improved. Love working out with Samm and I will continue. Always looking for new food ideas which MGL is already helping with by  sharing new food ideas.”

Lisa Foto, MGL Client

“The MGL is freedom…to eat and enjoy foods that other plans vilify, like starchy grains/carbs. I love the variety of foods we eat, and the incredible recipes that Mama G provides for us. My family loves all of the recipes and I love knowing we are fueling our bodies with beautiful whole foods that taste delicious.

I have been on every diet ever invented. Had temporary success with all of them. I now have maintained my weight successfully for 2 years, and I am confident that I will do so forever.

I tell everyone I know who asks “how did you lose so much weight” the truth…I eat real whole foods in the proper proportions and I engage in purposeful exercise most days of the week…as prescribed by the MGL. It’s simple, which is different than easy. It takes effort, and time, but I am worth it. So is my family. I think a lot of people are so entrenched in the fast food/convenience food lifestyle that the idea of adding in meal prep is daunting. I also think the exercise portion is difficult…moving an out of shape body is HARD. But so is carrying excess body weight. I think a person has to get near rock bottom sometimes to see that lifestyle change is the only way out.

I am forever grateful that Gina dropped me into the group way back in the day, just to observe. I didn’t plan to buy in because I was having “success” in my latest restrictive diet plan. When I saw what I could be eating on MGL, instead of Lean Cuisine frozen entree’s, I decided to give it a try. So glad I did!

I struggled for years because nothing I did taught me what to eat to fuel my body. Gina has taught me how to look at a recipe, calculate all the numbers….calories from grains, calories from veggies, etc…and how to make sure the ratios are good so that my body will be properly fueled for my crazy busy life, my workouts and for enjoying all the things I couldn’t when I was 100 lbs heavier. So grateful for MGL!”

Michelle Suggs, MGL Client

“Nutrition and fitness has been a priority for me throughout my life. I have used my fitness pal and followed IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros)…. aware of the importance of incorporating all of the macronutrients into my daily intake, and always prioritizing fruit and veggie intake. I got to a point where I could stop tracking my intake and was able to maintain my weight within a few pounds. I could enjoy treats here and there with no real consequence to my weight or appearance. After  pregnancy, I focused on eating well to support breastmilk production. I wasn’t fixated on losing the baby weight, but through a generally balanced diet, exercise and breastfeeding I was back to my pre pregnancy weight and size within about 6 months. I stopped breastfeeding my daughter around Christmas time. I think that the combination of extra holiday treats and the end of breastfeeding led to me gaining a few extra pounds. I really notice when I’m 5 pounds heavier in how I feel, how my clothes fit, and how I look. Over a few months, I increased my activity and became more committed to scheduling in my exercise every week. Yet the scale didn’t budge and my clothes were still too snug. I knew that focused nutrition was the missing component here. I reached out to Mama G, knowing that I wanted to develop a lifestyle and habits that would support my goals, without going back to my days of strictly tracking. Mama G’s approach is intentional, and yet very sustainable. I didn’t feel restricted, and I wasn’t hungry all the time. I was able to utilize my fitness pal and a food scale to ensure my portions were correct, without being a slave to calorie and macro counting. The formula for meals and snacks that Mama G has developed has made it so simple to plan and enjoy my food. It can almost be done without thinking about it…. especially when using the quick and easy breakfast and snack ideas. Our lunches and dinners are almost always Mama G recipes because I know if I just eat my correct serving size of the recipe that I am getting the correct calories, macro and micronutrients. Over a month and a half, I have lost the 5 lingering pounds without feeling deprived. I have had energy for my days. I have eaten well. I’m now at the point where I feel like I can purposefully add in a treat on occasions without guilt. The beauty of the Mama G’s Lifestyle is just that….that it is a lifestyle. Mama G has provided the education and the template, and I am able to pick the components of every meal and snack that fit that while fulfilling my cravings for different cuisine and flavors. ”

Mary Carrillo, MGL Client

“What I love about the MGL is I feel great all the time. I have more energy now because I’m actually eating more food which gives me energy to be able to sustain my crazy life, workouts and manage my small children. I recently got blood work after being with this lifestyle for a year and the numbers are better than my blood work before kids. Lastly another big reason is that eating this way is not a restrictive way of life, it’s actually very freeing. I can have carbs, any type of cuisine, eat what I’m in the mood for.

The MGL has changed my life.  I have learned a lot. I have learned more about my calcium needs, how to enjoy the right carbohydrates (and feel good when I eat them) and how to incorporate exercise everyday in a realistic way. I thought I was “healthy” before but realized I was neglecting a lot of nutritious foods leaving me feeling hungry and not satisfied. I am now eating the way I want my kids to eat. It means a lot to me for my kids to see me eating a taco, a bowl of pasta, a delicious sandwich and even a treat once in a while. If my kids see me only eating salads or being particular… they will probably become very particular or think when they get older they have to limit what they eat. The kids see me cook everyday and have become interested in all the veggies they see everyday. Yesterday, my 5 year old son opened the fridge and grabbed a whole bell pepper out of the fridge and ate it as a snack, that would have never happened a year ago.

I absolutely recommend the MGL to friends and family.  I actually let my food do the talking to my friends and family. I make them a delicious bowl of Lasagna soup or an oatmeal bake and after every dish they all love it. When I tell them they are eating a healthy 400 calorie meal they don’t believe me and want the recipe. I feel like they don’t jump on board because change is hard, it’s effort and they don’t believe they are allowed to eat that much food without gaining weight. I tell them I switched from a low carb life to this without gaining any weight but people continue to listen to trends instead of how they feel.

I tried a lot of weight loss approaches keto, weight watchers, calories restrictions, intermittent fasting. Finally enough was enough, I’m not going to live a life where I’m hangry, have brain fog from lack of carbs plus feel like I don’t enjoy my food. I am a mom to 2 children, one with special needs and my husband is a doctor that works long hours and I was taking care of everyone but me and I felt tired all the time. I have known Gina to be leader with her nutrition and fitness and reached out to her for help and to learn. I got out of my comfort bubble and asked for help because obviously what I was doing was not working.

Before the MGL I was on a calorie restrictive 1200cal diet limiting my carb intake. I always felt hungry and struggled through my workouts. I thought I was a person that would always be “hungry.” This would lead to burn out with my diet and I would fall off the wagon and eat badly. A vicious circle. What shocks me is now I eat 1800 calories with lots of carbs and my body has changed dramatically. Weight is just a number but how I look and feel matters. I am leaner, went down a pant size and overall look better/stronger.

I still struggle sometimes with my time management and food prep. In the MGL there is cooking and prep involved. Is it manageable? Yes. Is it complicated? No. Is it worth it? 100% I do better with a schedule but still need to allow myself grace. If my planned workout doesn’t work maybe it will turn into a power walk with the kids, at least I’m moving. I didn’t have time to prep what I wanted for dinner, it’s ok I can still churn out a really simple dinner hitting my goals. I know if I eat better I feel better and move easier.”

Nicole Bharne, MGL Client

” I ❤ MGL because it has liberated my family from the constant struggle of being overweight! We as a family of four have lost over 225# in 7 1/2 months!!

MGL has changed our lives in so many ways. We now have the knowledge, mentor and desire to live Mama G’s lifestyle for ever!! Added bonus are the delicious recipes that Gina provides…she does all the hard work. We just shop and cook!!

Family and Friends should support each other so YES I refer anyone that asks “OMG you look fabulous…what have you done”? Of course I tell them about the best lifestyle ever…MGL!!

The reason I finally reached out to Gina was because I was sick and tired of fighting the weight battle. My son and I both went and met with Gina 7 1/2 months ago and it was the best decision we ever made. I have known Gina for almost 20 years. I always knew she was very passionate about living a healthy lifestyle through food and exercise and she has now blessed my family with the same.

Biggest obstacles were not really knowing the proper way of fueling your body. We ate a lot of fast food and had horrible habits. Believing that I didn’t have time to cook prevented us from eating healthy. We are now committed to cooking as a family twice a week…yes only twice a week. MGL has brought our family closer together because we all do this lifestyle together.

We really are not struggling at all. We all have learned the program and we just follow it and never miss a day logging our day in MFP as it keeps us accountable!

Anyone thinking of changing their life to get healthy should definitely talk to Mama G!!”

Marianne B., MGL Client

“I love the MGL for helping with my gut health and teaching me to eat the proper ratio of carbs, protein & fats. I just feel amazing on the Mama G’s lifestyle! I love that the MGL has helped me to maintain my weight. The best part is the support of Gina and I know that I can contact her with any questions I may have. I truly came to the MGL for the delicious recipes. I now know I will get to live a healthy independent life for as long as I can and that directly relates to my nutrition. I still struggle with getting all of my nutrients through food instead of relying on supplements which Gina has been a huge help on.”

Julie Minnick, MGL Client

“I’m a lifer to MGL! I love it because I treat myself with respect and maintain a healthy lifestyle. I take care of myself. I’m not starving or deprived. I also allow a treat now and then. By treating myself right, I lost 25 lbs and kept it off for over 2+ years. I struggled to lose any weight for years. I thought it was my metabolism due to my thyroid. Truth…. My metabolism sucked because I either didn’t eat or didn’t eat balanced. It makes sense! I wish I could convince others how easy it is, but so many are caught up in marketing lies! My favorite thing about MGL is being a part of a supportive group. Accountability is key. And it is inspiring to see posts from my peers.”

Stacy Wagner, MGL Client

“My experience with MGL started about a year ago.  I have always battled my weight and proper dieting.  Gina and I have known each other close to 20 years.. I set up a meeting to discuss my situation, my goals and hope for change.

We had a many chats and I embarked on change.  I set up my phone to track my food intake, calories, and activity levels. It was awesome, as I was able to stay on the path Gina recommended for me.  She guided me in the right direction and I followed.  Gina became my fitness and health coach which is fun, since I was fortunate enough to coach her daughter Mary many years ago.

Prior to this journey I found myself over eating, not watching my calorie intake, as I really just didn’t pay attention to my diet.  I have since changed my life.  Not only have I lost weight (under 200lbs) first time in 25 years, my blood work this past August was the best it has been in 25 years.

The MGL changed my outlook on many things, and setting goals and objectives really helped. Food and fitness are now important with my daily life and routine.

I appreciate her efforts and program she created for me.”

Scott Taylor, MGL Client

“My name is Kim and I started with the MG Lifestyle is August of 2018.
I have known Gina since 1994 and knew how she lived her daily life. With some convincing I decided to give into my “fear” of failure and jump into the MGL. My “whys”, which are my active(adult) kids, my husband, my future grand babies and ME…I was tired of sitting around and watching them live life to the fullest. I was somewhat involved but not to the level I was at a younger age and wanted to be in my later years️

Two major things have changed for me…I am not afraid anymore because I realized not trying was way worse and the second is, when I cook(not my favorite thing to do) I love the way it tastes and the way it brings the family together!

Over the course of the last 2 years friends have asked what diet I did?? I say, not a diet but a lifestyle change and they ponder. I believe people are fearful of the unknown, as I was, and so many want a quick fix. The reality is that if you don’t change your way of thinking and your approach to food and exercise, it won’t last!
When I began I really was after losing the extra pounds and keeping it off so that I could be more active for the long haul.️
I lost the weight pretty quickly and maintained…since March it has definitely become harder at times and due to some major back issues my exercise was put on hold. As of 2 weeks ago I am focused on my daily routine again and I am looking forward to a healthy and strong Body, Soul and Mind!”

Kim Tyler, MGL Client

“Before Mama G’s program, I was not a cook. Eating out allowed me to eat small plates as my healthy eating plan.  When COVID hit and eating out was not an option, I was determined to learn how to cook.  I made many casseroles. All look the same, and my weight continued to climb!  The weight gain led me to call Mama G and ask for help.

At the beginning of the 12-week Mama G’s Lifestyle Jumpstart program, I had one goal in mind, to lose weight. In the Mama G Lifestyle program, I learned a whole new approach to my life. Weight gain became secondary to living a healthy life with exercise and eating healthy. My meals were more than filling, and I was not looking for popcorn or other late-night snacks to fill me up at the end of the day.  I wake up looking forward to a healthy breakfast.

Meal planning and cooking became an absolute joy!  Working in the kitchen is cathartic. My whole family is in shock!  Not only do I cook, but it also tastes deliciously wonderful!  My husband cannot believe all the food he is eating because of our new lifestyle and is often surprised when he weighs in with me.  Mama G’s recipes have such a vast assortment. We love trying a different one a couple of times each week.  Our choice and our food!  Planning my meals for the week keeps the guesswork out of dinner selections!

Morning walks each day help center my day. After a prayerful morning, it is a perfect time to reflect on my plan for the day.  My only regret is that I did not take the exercise segment as seriously in the first two weeks of the program. But with Mama G’s encouragement (insistence), I started slowly walking. I could hardly walk for 30 minutes without stopping to catch my breath.  Then I got an app and Fitbit as equipment, at the suggestion of Mama G, and my competitive nature kicked in gear.  I went from walking a 22:10 minute mile in January to a 12:47 minute mile in April. I plan to start using weights to strengthen my body and continue my timed mile comparison!

Today, I hit my initial weight goal! I have lost the initial twenty pounds I wanted to lose.  I took inventory of my measurements and was surprised that I have lost inches!  I lost 3 inches in my chest, an inch on each arm, 4.5 inches in my waist, 2 inches on my hips, three inches on each thigh, and an inch on each knee.  Shrinkage, I accept!  My hair and skin have also improved. My hair is growing thicker and longer compared slow growth and my skin is glowing!  My smile is back!

I cannot thank Mama G’s Lifestyle and Gina Cousineau enough for the encouraging, no excuses, and genuinely caring approach to making my lifestyle and food dreams come true!  I look forward to continuing my journey with more energy to meet my goals and confidence that Mama G will always remind me to stay focused and stretch my reach to the next level of this new lifestyle!”

Sue Nunn, MGL Client

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